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Explain the way Shakespeare presents the relationship between Juliet, Lady Capulet and the Nurse in Act 1,Scene 3

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Introduction

´╗┐When Lady Capulet, Nurse, and Juliet are all in Juliet's bedroom getting her ready for the ball. Lady Capulet's relationship with Juliet had so much tension that as soon as the Nurse begins to depart she became nervous and felt as if she couldn't speak to Juliet without the Nurse being present. The Nurse was the one who knew what Juliet felt, and how she thinks about certain things. Lady Capulet kept pressuring Juliet to get married to Paris, and it was clear that Juliet had not given it the slightest thought and she did not want to. During this scene the audience can tell that Lady Capulet is only interested in Juliet marrying Paris because of social status. It will benefit their family if Juliet marries Paris; socially, ''So shall you share all that he doth possess''. This tells us that as well as a social status, Lady Capulet is trying to sell Paris to her because of his wealth and status in society. She is trying to persuade Juliet that his bride will be as deeply admired as Paris is. This shows us that Lady Capulet's relationship with her daughter is weak, as she doesn't take into consideration Juliet's feelings, and they don't discuss anything openly. ...read more.

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We already know that in Elizabethan times, regardless of their class- children where to never ever disobey their parents. This was very common, and finding a rebellious child was very uncommon during those times. The fact that Juliet uses the word ''Madam'' is a very formal towards her mother. The fact that she doesn't use the word ''mother'' tells us that there is no real relationship towards Juliet and Lady Capulet. The only relationship between them is blood and name. Shakespeare effectively portrays a rather distant, cold relationship between Juliet and her mother during this scene. Juxtaposed to the cold and nothingness relationship between Juliet and Lady Capulet; is the affectionate and loving relationship between the Nurse and Juliet. In the first few moments of the scene we see the mother like role Nurse plays towards Juliet, the Nurse exclaims ''What, lamb! What, ladybird! God forbid!''. The terms ''Lamb'', and ''ladybird'', tells us that she uses terms of endearment towards Juliet- informal, juxtaposed to the very formal conversations Lady Capulet and Juliet have. Also, the phrase ''God forbid!', tells the audience that even though Juliet isn't there for about 2 minutes or somewhat- the Nurse worries about her constantly; like a mother who constantly worries about their child. ...read more.

Conclusion

The phrase ''I have my wish'', shows the audience that she has bought up Juliet all her life and the only thing she wants in return is to see her get married. While Lady Capulet sees Paris as the chance to make a socially advantageous match for the family, rather than considering Juliet's feelings, the Nurse regards marriage as a purely physical relationship, almost a burden women simply must bear. She reinterprets Lady Capulet's line that marriage increases a woman's wealth and status as referring instead to the way in which marriage increases a woman through pregnancy. Thus, despite the distance of her mother and the love from her Nurse neither are able to address the romantic concept of love that Juliet harbors. In fact, each identifies a distinct aspect of female oppression ? social and physical. The Nurse has essentially been Juliet's mother ? she nursed Juliet as a baby and has been with Juliet her whole life (1.3.5). Juliet's bond with the Nurse is clear. At the same time, Lady Capulet is technically Juliet's mother, and she is in charge of her daughter's future. The Nurse is also, for all her importance to Juliet, ultimately a servant, which puts a mighty big class distinction in between the two of them which can complicate things immensely. ...read more.

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